Ben Kelman

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

About Ben

Languages

English, Hebrew

Comments & conversations

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Ben Kelman
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is our destiny to be one world with one language?
MY OPINION: In the biological sense of the topic, what is anything's destiny? Evolution happens very slowly, but very fast in relation to these kinds of topics. If one considers when the sun will burn out, most scientists guess between 5-7 billion years. Who knows what kind of adaptations humans will make, as well as technological advancements we will make even one billion years from now. Maybe prehistoric apes were wondering what their destiny was, and they probably never would've guessed being human beings was the answer. I guess all I am trying to say is that there is such a wide realm of possibilities for our human race that any guess made like a unified culture is simply not able to be confirmed.
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Ben Kelman
Posted almost 3 years ago
What will you do to make peace on September 21?
In my environment, that is your typical upper-middle class American suburbia, peace doesn't mean lowering our guns as much as it means shutting up about people behind their back. On the date of September 21st, 2011, I will try harder than I ever have not to be so bad to people like most of us are every day. If I see someone I have never met, I will make no assumptions whatsoever about his or her lifestyle. I will not tell any lies. I will talk to my family and friends as if I knew I would never see them again. I will form a list of people in my head who I feel have really been good to me and make sure they know it. I will hug my parents tighter and thank my favorite teachers for being there for me and looking out for me. I will confess to things I have done, and ask for forgiveness. No, not from any god, but from those who have been directly affected by some of the choices I have made. I want to apologize to my mother for not spending a lot of time with the family, or being a "ghost" in her words. I want to apologize to my dad for not always remembering how much he has done for me to give him a better life than he ever dreamed of as a child. And, lastly, I want to really check in with myself. Do something for myself. Treat myself to a day without homework (of course doing it beforehand), or to a nice long nap. The time we have on this earth is short, and as much as I want peace for all 365 days of the year, the fact that so many of us have truly come together to make this decision makes me truly satisfied to some level. Lets really take this day to our advantage and stop. Live in that moment. Feel how happier we actually are.